Ofqual student guide to awarding summer 2021

How will the College determine student grades?

The government has said that many exams and assessments cannot be held fairly this year as a result of the disruption students have faced due to the pandemic.

Your tutor will instead submit grades to the exam boards based on the following :

  • Qfqual guidance and guidance provided by the relevant awarding organisations. 
  • Assessment work used to determine TAGs
  • Student work produced in response to assessment materials provided by the awarding organisation(s), which will include groups of questions, past papers or similar materials such as practice or sample papers 
  • Non-exam assessment work (often referred to as coursework), which may be used even if this has not been fully completed. 
  • Student work produced in centre-devised tasks which reflect the specification follows the same format as awarding organisation materials and has been marked in a way that reflects awarding organisation mark schemes. 
  • Substantial class or homework
  • Internal tests 
  • Mock exams taken over the course of study.  
  • Records of a student’s capability and performance over the course of study in performance-based subjects such as music and Sport Tutors 
  • Any Exam Access Arrangements you would have received had your exams taken place. (If these weren’t in place this will be considered in the grading process and will be recorded). 

The following guide provided by Ofqual outlines the arrangements in place and where you can go for additional information.

Tutors are able to discuss individual pieces of work and how well students may have done, but are NOT allowed to give any indication of the student’s final grade. This is because the awarding organisation will go through a standardisation and verification process and may amend the student work up or down accordingly.  

Results will be provided by the Awarding organisations after they have completed their verification of the work and associated grades. The results are expected on 10th August for L3/AS and 12th August L2/GCSE.

Although everyone will be working hard to make sure you are issued with the correct grades on results day, there will also be an appeals system as a safety net to fix any genuine errors that were not identified earlier on. If you believe an error has been made in determining your grade, you will have a right to appeal. Details of the appeals process can be found in the document above.

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